A year ago, Patently Apple posted a report titled "Judge agrees with Apple's argument that the Optis v. Apple Lawsuit was technically tainted and tosses $506 Million in Damages Award."
Today, it's being reported that "Apple Inc failed to convince an East Texas court on Tuesday to hold a third trial after it was hit with a $300 million verdict for violating patent-holding company Optis Wireless Technology LLC's wireless-standard patent rights.
Apple told the court last year that it was entitled to a new damages trial or a ruling wiping out Optis' damages entirely. U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap denied both of Apple's requests Tuesday, according to a notice of a sealed ruling.
Plano, Texas-based Optis and its affiliates PanOptis Patent Management LLC and Unwired Planet LLC sued Apple in 2019, alleging its 4G LTE-capable products including iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches infringed its patents.
The Optis patents are essential to the international LTE wireless standard. Gilstrap tossed a $506 million verdict for Optis last April because the jury had not heard evidence about Optis' duty to offer licenses to the patents on fair terms.
Gilstrap ordered a new trial on damages, but upheld the finding that Apple infringed. A new jury awarded Optis $300 million in August after the second trial." For more, read the full Reuters report.
In other legal news this week, Apple was sued by parents alleging that the level of sound generated by an Amber Alert damaged their son's hearing.